A dog’s life (and a cat’s)
30-Enero-2020 Viernes, Cozumel.
The great folks at the Humane Society of Cozumel have done a wonderful job in their seemingly endless effort to reduce the stray population. Nine years ago they euthanized 7000 dogs in 3 years – 36 months. https://www.facebook.com/HumaneCozumel/
Since then Humane Society of Cozumel has been conducting spay/neuter clinics. They have even gone out into the neighborhoods and to talk to owners and take the dogs to the shelter for surgery and then take them home afterwards.
One of their massive and free spay/neuter events is happening this weekend. We volunteered to help for a day. Massive was truly the correct adjective. The line was out the door before we arrived at 7:15AM. Show time started at 8AM. This years goal is 1,000 dogs and cats in 4 days. Volunteer doctors and vet techs came in from all around Yucatan and the United States to join the local volunteers, mostly expats.
No one was picking up dog poop after their dogs. One of the campaign leaders gave a forceful speech on the importance of cleaning up after their pets. It helped.
Dale worked transit, carrying anesthetized dogs and cats from the prep area, to surgery and then to recovery. Cats and little dogs are no-brainer to move around. One family came in with 4 German Sheppard and another big dog. Most people had little dogs and several at that.
Pets were color coded, knocked out and weighed at entry to prep rooms. Male pets were labeled with a blue color, female green and special handling (e.g. aggressive, nervous, other health issues…) bright pink. There were about ~8 prepping stations once the trachea tube had been placed by one of the vets. Cats had priority over dog.
The below pictures were take early in the morning with a cell phone. By 10AM it was beyond busy. The day kept getting more and more amazing.
I worked in dog recovery. We cleaned the suture area to ensure it stopped bleeding and remove all traces of blood, cleaned ears, trimmed toe nails, removed the trachea tubes and as time permitted removed ticks. I was amazed at how small the spay/neuter cuts were. Microsurgery. At one time we had more than 60 dogs in the recovery area with a staffing ~15 people. Crazy busy!
Almost all of the dogs were family pets and in reasonable condition. A couple of times transit brought in dogs that were really gross. I pretended I was too busy to accept another dog for recovery. LOL.
Dog recovery was lucky enough to be outside under a covered patio with a breeze. The cat room has closed windows and a closed door (no screen). As soon a cat started to come around they were IMMEDIATELY stuffed into their cat kennel or a pillow case.
As the pets started to stir the family team reunited pets with their families. The families sat with their pets until they were alert enough to leave. A multilingual support team managed this process, reassuring the pet owners and providing care and maintenance guidance.
The TNR (trap neutered release) round-up truck broke down last week and hasn’t yet been fixed. I can’t imagine how much more busy we would have been if the round-up had happened! I’m sure tick removal would have been tremendous.
Estoy cansado (I’m tired.)